The French Connection (Blu-ray, 2-Disc Set, Collector's Edition)

The French Connection (Blu-ray, 2-Disc Set,
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1971
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • 2-Disc Set
  • Collectors Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - French, Spanish
    • Dolby Surround - English
    • DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 - English
    • Mono - English
    • Subtitles - SDH, English, French, Spanish - Optional

Disc 1:

  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurettes:
      1. "Making the Connection: The Untold Stories of THE FRENCH CONNECTION"
      2. "William Friedkin Introduction to THE FRENCH CONNECTION"
      3. "Hackman on Doyle"
      4. "Color Timing THE FRENCH CONNECTION"
      5. "Scene of the Crime"
      6. "Friedkin and Grosso Remember the Real French Connection"
      7. "Cop Jazz: The Music of Don Ellis"
      8. "Rogue Cop: The Noir Connection"
      9. "Anatomy of a Chase"
    • Additional Audio Material: Isolated Score Track
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. Stars Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider
      2. Director William Friedkin
  • Interactive Features:
    • Additional Interactive Features - D-Box
    • Interactive Game - Trivia Track

Disc 2:

  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Documentary: BBC Documentary: THE POUGHKEEPSIE SHUFFLE
    • Featurettes:
      1. "Making the Connection: The Untold Stories of THE FRENCH CONNECTION"
      2. "William Friedkin Introduction to THE FRENCH CONNECTION"
      3. "Hackman on Doyle"
      4. "Color Timing THE FRENCH CONNECTION"
      5. "Scene of the Crime"
      6. "Friedkin and Grosso Remember the Real French Connection"
      7. "Cop Jazz: The Music of Don Ellis"
      8. "Rogue Cop: The Noir Connection"
      9. "Anatomy of a Chase"

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Ever pick your feet in Poughkeepsie'"
  - Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman), spoken to various characters

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1971 - Best Actor: Gene Hackman
Academy Awards 1971 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Ernest Tidyman
Academy Awards 1971 - Best Director: William Friedkin
Academy Awards 1971 - Best Film Editing: Jerry Greenberg
Academy Awards 1971 - Best Picture

Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 09/28/2001
"...A best-picture Oscar that really holds up..."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/28/2001
"...To watch it now is to appreciate more than ever Gene Hackman's uncompromising talent..."
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"William Friedkin brings a new documentary-style grittiness and moral ambiguity to the crime thriller."
Total Film - 04/01/2004
"[With] the Greatest Car Chase Ever Filmed."
Premiere - 02/23/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "It's one of the most influential and exciting crime movies...[with] a level of grit and realism that is almost impossible to duplicate."
New York Times - 10/22/2010
"THE FRENCH CONNECTION offered a rush of sights and sounds, sweeping the viewer along in a visceral experience."

Product Description:

Released in the same year as Clint Eastwood's DIRTY HARRY (1971), William Friedkin's THE FRENCH CONNECTION marked the beginning of a new era of gritty, urban police dramas. Here, the theme of tough-cop amorality serves a conservative demand for a police-state crackdown on the domestic chaos and subversive youth culture of the Vietnam War period.

The film is based on the true story of two New York City police detectives and their investigation into a French heroin smuggling operation. THE FRENCH CONNECTION is perhaps best known for its infamous, masterfully filmed chase scene (influenced by Peter Yates' BULLITT) in which the lead policeman, Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman), recklessly drives a stolen car through oncoming traffic in pursuit of a sniper escaping by elevated train. The thrill of this crime drama is accentuated by director William Friedkin's early European influences, perhaps best represented by the handheld documentary-style visuals and Friedkin's claims that the Oscar-winning screenplay was frequently disregarded in favor of improvisation. THE FRENCH CONNECTION marked not only a significant change of course for his career, but also a stylistic shift that all of Hollywood would soon follow.

Description by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment:

Two narcotics detectives, "Popeye" Doyle and his partner Buddy Russo (Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider), start to close in on a vast international narcotics ring when the smugglers unexpectedly strike back. Following an attempt on his life by one of the smugglers, Doyle sets off a deadly pursuit that ultimately takes him far beyond mere New York City limits. Based on a true story, this action-filled thriller, with its renowned chase scene, won five Academy Awards® including best picture and Best Actor for Gene Hackman.

Plot Keywords:

Action | Cops | Crime | Drugs | Essential Cinema | New York City | Police | Recommended | Theatrical Release | Thieves

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: October 9, 1971
  • Based on events that occurred in 1961.
  • Shot almost entirely on location in New York City, and briefly in Marseilles, France.
  • THE FRENCH CONNECTION is number 70 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
  • People were allegedly injured during the filming of the famous chase scene.
  • Friedkin is rumored to have shot parts of the chase scene himself.

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  • Sales Rank: 107,238
  • UPC: 024543529897
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